When it Rains

It pours.

At least that’s what they say.

However, it is possible for it to rain and not pour. I guess it depends on your definition of pour.

It rained tonight. I thundered. There was lightning. It poured.

I was out of state with my wife. I could have posted on my blog while I was away. The Internet is everywhere. I didn’t. We drove 750 miles each way. All the way through. Long drive. We used to stop half way and get a motel room. Now we save money by driving the whole distance in 12 hours.

We took our dog. She rides well. Stayed in a pet friendly motel in Write City, Missouri. We got back yesterday. Got to go back to work the day after tomorrow.

The tunnel in the Reservoir Woods

Deep in the woods of the Jersey City Reservoir Woods in the south of Boonton, New Jersey was a tunnel on the beach of the reservoir.

There’s a street which was named by my father, Francis (Frank) Boyd, when he was an alderman for the town of Boonton. It’s called Reservoir Drive.

I don’t know who lives now at 510 Reservoir Drive at the corner of Sherman Street in Boonton, NJ, but that is the house I grew up from age zero. Across the street we dug a hole under the fence behind a bush, and we’d slip under there to an established path.

We owned those woods. To this day there’s a sewer pipe manhole covered with concrete with my initials WEB carved on the cement.

On the bank of the reservoir we built a tunnel. It extended from the waterfront inward a dozen feet or so. We supported it with 2×4’s and took every precaution to be as careful (and scientific) as we could in building it.

We had a lot of adventures in those woods.

Sometimes the “guards” from the reservoir dam would come out and look for us in powered boats but they could never catch us.

One time we went all the way out to the reservoir island and made a campsite. They caught us that time by the smoke of our campsite and towed our canoe back to land.

Another time my dog “Shucks” fell through the ice chasing a rock that we threw to try to reach the liquid water. A friend went to a neighbor’s house and called the police. They showed up with the fire department and somehow rescued that poor dog, frozen as he was, and he went on to live many years beyond that. It made the papers. Nobody said anything about us trespassing on Jersey City property.

Some years later I had a few girlfriends down in those woods. Won’t tell you what we did. Only to tell you that the Jersey City Reservoir woods south of Reservoir Drive (which my father named) are dear to my heart.

Boonton forever!

Near-Earth Asteroid Flyby

Asteroid 2017 FE1 was first observed by Mt. Lemmon Survey on 2017-03-18

It will fly by Earth harmlessly on 2017-06-16 at 22:16 UTC at 39.9 times the distance to the Moon, at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 10.6 km/s.

It is estimated to be 164 – 518 meters in size.
#space#science#Astronomy#astrophysics#asteroids#NEO near Earth objects#physics

I should post other kinda stuff

In looking over my recent posts, there seems to be an inordinate amount of posts about flat earth, space travel, the unlikelihood we’re being visited by aliens. That stuff gets boring. If you don’t know my opinions on those kind of topics by now, then you haven’t been reading what I write very much (and I don’t blame you).

I need to start writing about other stuff. Like some of the places I’ve traveled to in my life, and some of the places I’ve lived. More human interest kind of stuff.

Or I could go the tech side and shoot for the Linux niche people. There’s lots of them around, which carries little interest for my existing followers.

But the old is starting to feel old. Guess that’s why it’s called “old.”

Have you ever seen an alien?

Every day, on TV. He’s in his 70’s and has blond hair. Just was elected recently.

No one has ever proven that even a microbe or a fossil of a microbe has ever come down to Earth from space. There is no evidence other than in Washington DC that there are any aliens within traveling distance.

Is the Earth flat or spherical? Logically, what makes more sense is an Earth that is a flat, stationary plane or an Earth that is a spinning, spherical ball?

A Spherical Earth would require gravity which we don’t see or can not prove. A Flat Stationary Earth is “what you see what you get” You see a Flat Earth with no curve. You do not feel the Earth to be moving. Easier to explain therefore occam’s razor would suggest a flat earth is what we live on.

Here is my answer to the above:

Which makes more sense to you? An Australia that looks like this from your flat earth map? (see image below)

Or an Australia that looks like this which are the correct proportions for that continent? (see image below)

One of many problems with your flat earth map is it distorts the southern hemisphere greatly because you’re trying to make something spherical look entirely flat.

Or what about this image which correctly shows the size and dimension of Antarctica? (see image below) Did you know we have people living in South America, including an American station.

In the image below is a photo of the station called Amundsen-Scott Station, located 300 feet from the south pole. At the south pole there are about 2 miles of ice over dry land, and because it’s a glacier, it’s slowly moving south at a distance of about 10 feet per year:

Below is a picture of where this station is located:

(Picture courtesy By Teetaweepo; adapted by H Debussy-Jones (talk) 08:53, 14 November 2009 (UTC)) In this image you can also see all of the other active station on Antarctica. So despite what you’ve been told, Antarctica is not “a wall of ice” preventing you from finding the Earth is flat. It’s a continent, full of ice and mountains of rock. There is dry land there, too.